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Medial Collateral Ligament Repair With Internal Brace
Dr. James Chen, M.D. - In San Francisco, CA



A surgical procedure performed to repair or augment a torn or incompetent medial collateral ligament (MCL). An small incision is made at the origin of the MCL on the femur and the insertion on the tibia. Sockets are drilled at the attachment sites to accommodate absorbable anchors. An "Internal Brace" is created by using strong suture tape that is secured into the sockets with absorbable anchors. The "Internal Brace" serves both as a scaffold onto which ligament can heal as well as an augment to make the MCL stronger.

Common Questions about Medial Collateral Ligament Repair With Internal Brace

What is an internal brace?

An internal brace is a 2mm wide suture tape which serves to provide additional reinforcement and strength to an MCL repair. It functions as a “seat-belt” to provide a solid backup endpoint of the MCL.

What advantages does an internal brace provide?

An internal brace allows for early functional rehabilitation due to the additional stability it provides.

How is a medial collateral ligament repair with internal brace performed?

A medial collateral ligament repair with internal brace is performed by creating an incision near the MCL and drilling sockets in the insertion sites at the femur and tibia. 2 mm wide suture tape is then secured into the socket with absorbable anchors, creating an “internal brace”

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